While the United States Supreme Court passed its landmark civil rights decision in favor of same-sex marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges last year, there remain many important emotional and financial issues that same-sex couples still should be aware of in today’s environment.Of course, no couple enters into marriage with a plan to eventually divorce. While the Supreme Court decision stated unequivocally that a marriage is ultimately a marriage without requiring a separate same-sex designation, the same also holds true with the divorce process. Yet, there are some emotional issues that are unique to the community that same-sex couples certainly need to consider when planning to wed.While the Obergefell ruling was a cause for great celebration, it is essential for couples not to get caught up in excessive exuberance when considering taking this very important step in their lives. As Richard Roane, Founding Chair of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) LGBT Committee is fond of saying to audiences, “The right to marry is not an obligation to marry.” In other words, same-sex couples need to carefully plan without being tempted to rush through the process and potentially take shortcuts because they are caught up in the history and excitement of the moment.
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